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Market Systems Development

Our next course on Market Systems Development will be in May 2024. We will open the registration in January 2024. To join the waiting list please fill out this form.

Why do this course?

Market systems development programmes support people living in poverty to increase their income, gain employment, and purchase basic goods. The approach can achieve sustainable impact at scale but faces many practical challenges. For example, what sectors should you work in? Who should you partner with, and how? How can you learn from implementation and adapt your programme?

This DevLearn online training course will introduce the core concepts of market systems development and provide simple, practical tips to enable you to implement them in your context. Online training is cost-effective, interactive, and entertainingly delivered through videos, guided exercises, and group discussions. The course will take approximately four days to complete but can be spread across multiple weeks and completed at any time that suits you.

Over one thousand people, including consultants, project managers, donors, and measurement specialists, have taken this DevLearn course and gained practical, effective skills in international development.

During this course you will:

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Learn what a market systems approach is, and how it is different (and similar) to other approaches

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Understand how to analyse sectors and markets, and identify the most important challenges in each area.

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Find out how to develop interventions that are appropriate for the context. This includes developing a vision of success, partnering with appropriate actors, and negotiating deals.

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Learn how to manage interventions adaptively, gathering the most important information in order to help you and other market actors understand whether the intervention is working, and whether to change it.

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Understand concepts of scale and sustainability. If the pilot is successful, how can market actors take it to scale in a way that is sustainable?

This interactive and participatory course is delivered entirely online. Participants are expected to spend approximately four days on course materials during the month.

How to apply?

Our next course on Market Systems Development will be in May 2024. We will open the registration in January 2024. To join the waiting list please fill out this form.

Course Fee

If you are paying for the course as an individual, you pay the individual fee. This is £350.

If an organisation is paying (or reimbursing you), you pay the organisational fee. It varies according to how many people the organisation sends on the training:

  • £450 per person with 1-4 people from organisation.
  • £400 per person with 5 and more people from organisation.

An extra 20% VAT is applicable for UK registered organizations or individuals

You can get a 10% early bird discount if you apply before the 29th of February 2024

Remember that the deadline for applying and receiving payment is the 26th of April 2024. Our courses are normally over-subscribed, so apply early to guarantee your place.

Course Activity

The course consists of four components

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Recorded Videos

You will have access to recorded videos, which introduce the course material in an interesting, accessible way

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Weekly Webinars

We run a weekly live webinar to practice what you’ve learned, share your experiences and learn from other participants and the facilitators.

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Forum Discussions

You can ask (and answer) any questions you want in the forum, and get answers from other participants and the course facilitators.

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There are two assignments, peer-assessed by other course participants and reviewed in the weekly webinars.

The course typically takes four days to complete over the month, depending on your interest and availability. It is completely flexible (apart from the live webinars) – you can watch the lectures, participate in the forum, and do the assignments whenever you want.

You will receive a certificate upon successful completion of course.

Our next course on Market Systems Development will be in May 2024. We will open the registration in January 2024. To join the waiting list please fill out this form.

Previous Feedback

The course was designed in a very comprehensive way while being very dynamic and engaging. I liked MSD before this course and was curious about it, now I am fascinated by it. The best part was the facilitators, their motivation shined through their interventions.

Course Participant

As a newbie, I found this course far more accessible than I thought it would be. Concepts were clearly explained and contextualised through numerous real world examples that were shared by the DevLearn team. I found this particular approach extremely supportive of my learning. All in all, a well thought out, interesting and engaging course.

Course Participant

I gained new knowledge and skills that greatly changed the way I think and do my work.

Course Participant


Do you cater for all timezones?

We run webinars twice a week to cater for different timezones, at 6 a.m. and 2 p.m. GMT. This covers most of the world, but if you are living in a timezone very far from GMT it might not suit your requirements. We apologise if this is the case.

What times are the webinars?

We run webinars two times a week, to cater to different timezones. You only need to join one of the webinars each week. The webinars will be held on Wednesdays at 2 p.m. GMT, and Thursdays at 6 a.m. GMT, and each webinar lasts two hours. You can convert to your timezone by clicking here.

Can I do this course if I have a slow internet connection?

We have had participants take this course from all over the world, including countries without good internet access. While you do need internet access, it does not need to be a high-speed network. If you have previously used skype, WhatsApp calls, or webinar software such as Teams or Zoom you should be fine.

Can I do this course if I am on a field trip?

Our course timings are very flexible, and if you are on a field trip for a week you can always catch up afterwards. If you are going to be away for most of the month, however, you might struggle to stay on top of the workload.

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Our next course on Market Systems Development will be in May 2024. We will open the registration in January 2024. To join the waiting list please fill out this form.